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NFL 9 Biggest Roster Holes: # 5 - Jets - Cornerbacks


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Biggest NFL roster holes: Lingering concerns for Seahawks, Packers

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Gil Brandt

NFL.COM SENIOR ANALYST

 

Live football is still far enough away that every team in the NFL can continue to indulge in rosy thoughts about the season to come, with roster deficiencies remaining theoretical problems. Eventually, though, these holes will become real, with the worst of them perhaps threatening to derail otherwise-healthy rosters.

Which areas of concern stand out as the most significant? Below, I've ranked the nine biggest roster holes across the NFL.

 

5
 
New York Jets
New York Jets
CORNERBACKS
 

The Jets were reportedly courting ex-Titans/Patriots cornerback Logan Ryan, and it would be a wise signing, considering where this position group stands now. The No. 1 cornerback -- in theory, anyway -- is currently Pierre Desir, whose struggles in 2019 led the Colts to cut him one season into a three-year, $22.5 million deal that included $12 million guaranteed. The 29-year-old Desir will have to prove his issues stemmed primarily from a hamstring problem rather than an age-related decline in play. On the bright side, 2019 sixth-round pick Blessuan Austin impressed when activated off the PUP list in the second half of last year. He should beat out Arthur Maulet for the second corner spot, with 2020 fifth-round pick Bryce Hall also having a chance to snag some snaps. Brian Poole got his act together last season after ending his tenure with Atlanta in a tailspin to make slot corner a strength, but I'd expect general manager Joe Douglas to continue the roster churn at this spot after parting ways with 2019 starters Trumaine Johnson and Darryl Roberts.

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Joe Douglas took a scattershot approach to the CB group (and the OL to some extent) with a couple free agent signings, a draft pick, and a couple UDFAs. Decent, pragmatic approach in a normal year. This is somewhere that the virus situation hurts the Jets. Phase two to this plan would've been to look at everyone in the OTAs and have a better idea going into training camp who might emerge. Without that head start, I think the position is going to be a lot of musical chairs thru camp and into the season. Probably would've been anyway, but this complicates it.

Ashtyn Davis is a wildcard. He has some CB ability, Jets could run a lot of big nickel if the rookie is up for a big role. 

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